IIHMR Kolkata is an upcoming centre of IIHMR society and takes forward the organizational mission of professionalising healthcare by responding to research, training and consultancy needs in eastern and north eastern India. Like its counterparts in Jaipur, Bangalore and Delhi, IIHMR Kolkata provides the professional expertise and rigour that has become synonymous with IIHMR in India and abroad, expanding the frontiers of knowledge and strengthening programme management and capacities to secure people’s health in the region.
The engagementof IIHMR with various stakeholders in eastern and north eastern states of India dates back to years. The institute has played a crucial role in evidence generation, systems strengthening and programme evaluation in the region. States in the region have been the exclusive focus of study as well as part of multicentric studies in the country. To cite a few examples, IIHMR has imparted management training to officials of the Department of Health, Government of West Bengal. In 2008, the institute undertook the mid term review of West Bengal Health Systems Development Initiative. Some other projects in the recent past include: HIV/ AIDS prevention and care programme for rural and tribal youth (Orissa), Taskforce study of cardio vascular disease related lifestyles and their behavioural determinants among different population groups in India (West Bengal), Mapping of private health facilities in Ranchi (Jharkhand), Study on accessibility and utilization of RNTCP services by Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Orissa, Manipur), Rapid assessment survey of blindness (Sikkim), Cost effectiveness of gender sensitisation strategies in RNTCP (Orissa), Evaluation of NGOs under National Programme for Control of Blindness (Orissa), Study on organizational structure and development of human resource development policy (Jharkhand), Drug Policy (Jharkhand), Appraisal and evaluation of Mother NGOs under the World Bank assisted RCH programme (Sikkim, Tripura, Bihar), etc. Currently, IIHMR is part of the DFID supported multi country consortium as part of the ‘Future Health Systems: Innovations for Equity’ project, playing a crucial role in evidence generation to inform policy and practice. IIHMR Kolkata takes forward the association by concentrating on health and healthcare issues in eastern and north eastern India.